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1986 Raleigh Competition - On/Off Road Utility!

Old 03-28-14, 02:58 PM
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1986 Raleigh Competition - On/Off Road Utility!

Hi everyone...I have just finished preparing my 1986 Raleigh Competition for its maiden voyage tomorrow...it is ready to test ride before I put the final touches on it...i.e. the bar tape! Here is how I built it up...

Drivetrain - Shimano 600
Shifters - Suntour Bar End
Brakes - Dia Compe G
Brake Levers - Dia Compe Reverse Levers
Wheels - Normandy Hubs with Mavic Rims
Tires - Forte 700X32C
Saddle - Brooks (of course...but not to start a debate!)

Finally...the piece de resistance...the handlebars...Velo Orange's Casey's Crazy Bars...I just HAD to try these out! If they work, I am going to have some fun with the bar tape!

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Old 03-28-14, 05:01 PM
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I like the 80's Raleigh USA bikes. Don't quite know what to think of those bars. A ride report would be helpful.
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I've been looking at Crazy Casey's for a long time - please do post impressions!
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Raining in Atlanta today and tomorrow...will post a ride report when I can take it out...
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It's certainly different. Those bars a just CRAZY
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
It's certainly different. Those bars a just CRAZY
They make the bike look like a deer with antlers!
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Here are the pictures after adding some handlebar wrap...any thoughts on the crazy red/grey scheme???

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You did a nice job on that bike. The bars are, as others pointed out, unusual but hey as long as you like them, that's all that matters.
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I would have taped the Shifter cables close to the bars, but that's just me
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I would have taped the Shifter cables close to the bars, but that's just me
Michael Angelo...I tried that...the bend to the downtube got kind of funky the further down the bars I went...this seemed like the best compromise position...but...for future reference...noted...as I am not 100% happy with the bar wrap job...I will probably redo...maybe I will try further down at that time.

Many of you asked for a ride report on these bars...I am still working on that one...so far, about 20 miles in on this bike...and still dialing in the brakes/shifting...so that detracts from 100% attention on the bars. During the first ride, I did determine that I have a stem that was too long...120 mm stem stretched me out a bit, so I have now swapped in a 100 mm stem...and it makes it more comfortable. The first indications on the bars are that they are quite comfortable. The intersection point of the sweep bars and aero bars are quite equivalent to riding the tops of the hoods on a normal drop bar configuration (my preferred hand position). The aero portion rides about as you would think...as in tri oriented aero bars. And the sweep back rides like a nice swept back set of bars.

One thing that excited me was the inverse brake levers...they really seem to work nicely...it might be interesting to run a set of these on a normal road bike bar...with DT shifters...not sure I would like it, but it would be an interesting combination! It just would preclude my preferred bar end shifters!

More to come as I ride it more...oh...and one "minor" issue with the bars...they are too wide for my basement door! I have to lever the bike out of the door! They also interfere with other bikes on a bike rack on my Jeep! Those wide bars are quite interesting...
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You did a nice job on that bike. The bars are, as others pointed out, unusual but hey as long as you like them, that's all that matters.
Thanks bikemig...I am trying to do some nice bikes...this one is my "interesting" one!
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